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December 12, 2018 - January 12, 2019

Fictional Narrative

Entry Deadline: Oct 15, 2018
Prints Deadline: Jan 03, 2019

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Call for Entries

Photographic fictional narratives read like fairytales or novellas rather than memoirs – they create a space for the viewer to interpret dreams, symbols, and characters – either collective or intimate stories told in metaphors rather than facts. They leave clues rather than solve mysteries. Many times, they are constructed by the artist with a specific intention in mind – a staged setting, art directed gazes and gestures, and allegorical metaphors. Other times, the images are found in landscape or through man-made materials that represent universal qualities of the personal, yet human experience. At its best, personal narratives create curiosity while recounting intimate or imagined stories with unique endings for each viewer. 

We’d love to see your photographic narrative. Send us your photographs that tell a story - real or imagined, staged or captured, dreamt or found.

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© Emma Powell
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© Emma Powell
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© Emma Powell

About the Juror

Emma Powell is an assistant professor of art at Colorado College. Powell graduated from the College of Wooster, and received her MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work often examines photography's history while incorporating historic processes and other devices within the imagery.

“My photographic work focuses on fictional narrative. I create art that visualizes curious scenarios in order to convey a message or feeling instead of a record of a moment. I utilize a range of hand-applied photographic emulsions in order to visualize the distance between fantasy and reality, as well as to make prints that appear as objects instead of windows. The photographic processes I use are chosen intentionally to evoke another place or time that is removed from the every day, adding layers of narrative meaning through historical references or material qualities.”

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